There is little left for me to do but circle around to the western side Qinghai and hope to cross into Sichuan through the mountains. The entire southern half of Qinghai is close to foreigners. I pedaled a long 60 km into the wind to find a huge border patrol forcing me to return. I asked to speak with the superior officer and found myself in a room with several Tibetan monks sitting on the dirty floor. The superior told me the monks did not have proper identification and had been held in custody for 2 days.
I begged the officers to let me through as this was the only southern road to Sichuan. But was repeatedly told that the road also went to Tibet and in order for me to move forward I had to have a permit! Imagine being in California and being unable to visit San Diego because the same road that took you there continued on to Mexico!
After rejoicing the end of my hardships, I am back into the cold windy desert. I will try again to find a southern passage to Sichuan. If I fail I am not sure what to do.
When I was worried about finding my way mother used to say ” follow your nose.” CH
Oh dear. Maybe u and the tibetan munks SHOULD go to tibet….now that the cinese are asuming u wanna go there even if u did not plan to. This sounds like a hard trip. Eat well my friend and drink lots of clean water. Big hugs from windy cold north germany bubu&eWa